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  1. 1. Gathered by SomayehJavanbakht
  2. 2. International Test of English Proficiency iTEP
  3. 3. *The International Test of English Proficiency or iTEP is a language assessment tool that measures the English skills of non-native English speakers. The test is supported by more than 600 institutions including the California State University system. The test is available in more than 40 countries, and is also used by businesses, and governments such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, and Mexico for large-scale initiatives. In 2014, iTEP saw rapid growth in China, adding more than 100 test centers in the country.
  4. 4. *The primary function of the iTEP is to assess the English language proficiency of learners of English as a second language. iTEP is a comprehensive, Internet-based exam that takes no longer than 90 minutes to administer. The iTEP tests proficiency in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. There is also a section that tests familiarity with grammar. In the Writing and Speaking sections, test-takers produce actual writing and speaking samples which are graded by trained ESL professionals in the U.S. The Official iTEP Score Report shows the test-taker’s overall level, as well as levels attained on each of the 5 sections (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking and Grammar).
  5. 5. *iTEP is a trademark of Boston Educational Services, which was co-founded by former ELS Language Centers President Perry Akins and business partner Sharif Ossayran. The test was first launched in 2008 for colleges, universities, and international programs, with versions for secondary schools, businesses, and the hospitality industry launched thereafter.
  6. 6. *Required of all incoming International Students *Test fee is $99.00, cash, check or money order payable to Cleveland State University must be submitted with a completed registration. *The iTEP can be taken at any official test site around the world. *You should call the test site directly to schedule an appointment. *You will need to request your score recipient as Cleveland State University on the day of testing. *Scores range from 0 (Beginning) to 6 (Advanced) *Pass the ITEP with a minimum of an overall score of 5 (with no section below 4)* **Current equivalent scores required by the College of Business for applicants for Business or Computer Science will require a minimum overall score of 6 (with no section below 5).
  7. 7. *In addition, International Admissions will accept: *An overall score of 4 or below for conditional admission at the undergraduate level and will require the applicant to first enroll in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).
  8. 8. Formats There are four iTEP exams:  iTEPAcademic  iTEP SLATE  iTEP Business  iTEP Hospitality
  9. 9. iTEPAcademic is used by colleges, universities for admissions purposes. It also used on-site by intensive English programs (IEPs) for placement, progress, and exit evaluation. iTEP SLATE evaluates high school, secondary school, and middle school students, and is used by boarding schools and academies. Between June 2012 and June 2013, the number of US institutions recognizing this test quadrupled. This growth is largely due to the retirement of ETS's SLEP exam and the limited availability of their TOEFL Junior test.[9]
  10. 10. iTEP Business measures the English skills needed for a work environment. It is used by companies to screen new hires, make decisions about promotions and assignments, and evaluate English training programs. iTEP Hospitality measures the English skills necessary to work at restaurants, hotels, resorts, and cruise lines that serve English speakers. The test lasts 30 minutes and evaluates speaking and listening. It is typically administered onsite by an employer for hiring and promotional decisions.
  11. 11. iTEP Academic, SLATE, and Business each have a "core" version "plus" version.
  12. 12. The "core" versions are Internet-based, last 60 minutes, and test reading, grammar and listening. • The "plus" versions last 90 minutes in total and also test writing and speaking, requiring the test taker to submit writing and speaking samples via computer.  Results are available instantly on the multiple-choice "core" sections, and the speaking and writing results are graded in 5 business days. • The "plus" exams retail for $99USD and can be scheduled within 3 days, making iTEP one of the most flexible and least expensive options among its competitors, which include TOEFL and IELTS. Institutions and businesses administering iTEP exams on-site receive discounted rates.
  13. 13. Test Structure Reading – 20 minutes One intermediate-level passage about 250 words in length followed by multiple-choice questions, and One college-level monograph approximately 450 words long followed by multi-choice questions.
  14. 14. Listening – 20 minutes Four high-beginning to low-intermediate-level short conversational exchanges of 2-3 sentences, each followed by 1 multiple-choice question One 2-3 minute intermediate-level conversational exchange followed by multi-choice questions One 4-minute college-level lecture followed by multiple-choice questions
  15. 15. Grammar (Structure) – 10 minutes Twenty-five written multiple-choice questions, each of which tests the examinee’s familiarity with a key feature of English structure The section includes a range of structures from simple to more complex, as well as a range of vocabulary from beginning to advanced. There are two question format types, each illustrated with on-screen examples.
  16. 16. Writing – 25 minutes In response to instructions phrased at the low- intermediate level, examinee is asked to write a short note on a supplied topic (5 minutes: 50- 75 words) Examinee is presented with a brief, college- level written topic and is asked to express and support his/her opinion on the topic (20 minutes: 175-225 words)
  17. 17. Speaking – 5 minutes Examinee hears and reads a short question phrased at the low-intermediate level; examinee has 30 seconds to prepare his/her spoken response, and 45 seconds to speak Examinee hears a brief college-level statement presenting two sides of an issue, examinee is then asked to give his/her thoughts on the topic (45 seconds to prepare, 60 seconds to speak).
  18. 18. Scoring iTEP scores individuals on a scale of 1-6 (at 0.5 intervals) for each section of the test as well as an overall score. Each level translates to CEFR levels and an equivalent range of scores on other language proficiency exams.
  19. 19. The Benefits of iTEP SLATE
  20. 20. • The test can be scheduled on-demand at test centers all over the world • Results are available instantly or in five days, depending on whether writing and speaking are tested • Test-taker data, test scores, and speaking and writing samples are available to partner institutions online anytime • In each section, iTEP assesses linguistic sub-skills, such as understanding the main idea vs. details in the reading section • The test lasts no more than 90 minutes
  21. 21. Test Preparation In 2014, BES released the Official iTEP Preparation Guide. The Prep Guide consists of a 133-page printed book intended to familiarize test-takers with the format of the tests, and two practice tests, one to be taken before reading the book as a diagnostic, and another to be taken at the end as a comparison. The writing and speaking portions of the test are self-graded to help test-takers grasp the criteria that will be used to evaluate their work. The Prep Guide is sold online for about $27USD.
  22. 22. List of the places iTEP is used *Alabama * Alberta * Arizona * California * Colombia * Colorado * Connecticut * District Of Columbia * England * Florida * France
  23. 23. * Georgia * Hawaii * Illinois * Indiana * Iraq * Iowa * Kansas * Kentucky * Maine * Maryland * Massachusett
  24. 24. * Mexico * Michigan * Minnesota * Missouri * Montana * Nevada * New Hampshire * New Jersey * New York * North Carolina * North Dakota * Ohio * Oklahoma
  25. 25. * Oregon * Pennsylvania * South Carolina * Tennessee * Texas * Utah * Virginia * Washington * Wisconsin * Wyoming
  26. 26. *With Special Thanks